So, which country illegally downloaded Breaking Bad the most?

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 in TV & Film

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Clue: it rhymes with “Bosstralia”

Australia, take a bow. For all of the complicated racial and cultural undercurrents that have run through our nation since 1788, it’s clear that we have, for the most part, made peace with our convict past. That, and we’re incredibly impatient.

While the entire world went justifiably nuts for the season return of Breaking Bad earlier this week, analysis of internet data suggests that a) is set to break its own record as most downloaded show in history, and b) that the largest slab of the traffic, according to the site TorrentFreak, was from Australia! Yes, we are the piratesting nation on the planet, meaning that we should just whack the Jolly Roger up in place of the Union Jack once we get around to doing the whole “republic” thing.

Of the illegal site’s traffic, 16.1% was from Australia, 16% was from the US (where, you know, the thing actually screened first), 9.6% was Canadian and the UK chewed up 8.5% of the bandwidth (followed by Poland, Spain, Brazil, India and Sweden, incidentally). And – go team – Melbourne was the highest city in the world when it came to these illegal downloads. (4.8% came from Melbourne, while Sydney accounted for 2.9%)

Of course, this shows that the excuse we’ve been using for ages – “oh, we’d TOTALLY do this legally, if only there wasn’t such a huge wait for overseas shows!” – is basically bullshit: the new episode screened on Foxtel here less than a day after the US screening. No wonder Rupert Murdoch’s so determined to crush Labor in his papers: once that high-speed broadband comes in, pay TV’s going to seem like the print newspaper biz…

By Andrew P Street

  • James

    Because every Breaking Bad fan in Australia is happy to pony up for a premium level Foxtel package in order to watch one show.

  • Owen

    It’s not just about availability within a specified timeframe but also ease of consumption. Nobody wants to sign up to a pay-TV bundle of multiple channels for $50-$60 a month and be forced into the schedule of the TV channel and also their lounge room to watch, when they already pay roughly that amount of Internet access which conveniently delivers the content they want in manageable packages which can be consumed at any time, in any place, on any device.

    It’s not an excuse, but it’s some reasoning behind the why.

  • Amanda Dumesny

    I’m a reformed music pirate (and a dam good one at it as well, there was nothing that I couldn’t source with a couple clicks of a mouse and a search engine)

    The reform came in the form of Spotify, a free music streaming site. I could listen to as much as I wanted only having to endure the odd ad here and there; the conscious cleared as fast my available memory and if I wanted no ads, then I’d have to pony up a subscription fee (which I haven’t)

    There should be a television equivalent, people would pay for content if there was a viable and cost effective. Emphasis on the cost effective!!

    Spotify and other streaming sites should provide a working model, real life case study to the likes of HBO & FXX (my frequent victims). I am happy to pay (or at least I’m happy to listen to ads, so that they can foot the bill)

    Argh me Hearties (FYI, that’s a pirate expression)

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